Since forming in 2006, Bruce Peninsula’s rolling soul revue has left countless clubs shaken and all critics convinced. Colliding a lare female choir into an imaginative four-piece rock band, the music is a strange mix of American gospel, African folk and modern progressive rock, resulting in a style often praised for it’s “genre-less” qualities. Bruce Peninsula are uninterested in walking well-trodden paths and simply believe in singing from the gut and letting the rhythm lead.
The band’s constant core is made up of Misha Bower, Matthew Cully, Neil Haverty, Andrew Barker and Steve McKay, but swells to include many of Toronto’s local luminaries in live performance and on record. That extended group currently includes Daniela Geshundheit (Snowblink), Tamara Lindeman (The Weather Station), Leon Taheny (Germans, Final Fantasy) Ivy Mairi and Kari Peddle, and has previously included Casey Mecija (ohbijou), Katie Stelmanis, Taylor Kirk (Timber Timbre), Mike Smith (Muskox) and Thom Gill (Final Fantasy), to name a few.
In 2009, Bruce Peninsula’s self-released debut full-length, A Mountain Is A Mouth, was nominated to the Polaris Music Prize long-list by critics nation-wide, topping a windfall year that included glowing reviews by the likes of The Globe And Mail and Billboard Magazine, as well as taste-making websites like the BBC and Pitchfork. Over the years, he band has performed headlining shows from Victoria, BC to St. John's, NFLD and have appeared at notable festivals such as SXSW, Halifax Pop Explosion, Pop Montreal and the Hillside Festival in Guelph. In 2010, they provided the soundtrack Small Town Murder Songs, a feature film by Ed Gass Donnelly that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010.
Bruce Peninsula entered a lengthy hiatus due to illness in 2011, but unveiled a b-side series called The Bruce Trail Fire Sale that ran throughout the year, comprised of one-off videos and performances offered for free online.In October, Bruce Peninsula returned with their sophomore LP, Open Flames (Hand Drawn Dracula).